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Older Taxi Drivers to Get Up to ฿10,000 Gov’t Stipend

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The Cabinet on Tuesday approved financial aid for older meter- and motorcycle-taxi drivers in the 29 provinces that are maximum and strict Covid-19 controlled zones.

Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said the taxi drivers age 65 and older who are informal workers and not a member of the Social Security Fund would receive either 5,000 baht a month for two months or a single sum of 5,000 baht depending on their provinces.

The handouts will cost the state 166.9 million baht and be available for 12,918 cab drivers and 3,776 motorcycle-taxi drivers.

In Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Ayutthaya, Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Songkhla, the drivers will each receive 5,000 baht a month for two months.

The aid will be a single handout of 5,000 baht for the drivers in Kanchanaburi, Tak, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Prachin Buri, Phetchaburi, Phetchabun, Rayong, Ratchaburi, Lop Buri, Sing Buri, Samut Songkhram, Saraburi, Suphan Buri and Ang Thong.

The Land Transport Department will register the recipients and the aid will be transferred through the PromptPay payment system or other channels that the department will set. The first round of the transfer was scheduled between Nov. 8 and 12 and the second round between Nov. 22 and 26.